From time to time, I come across something truly extraordinary. Last week’s inspiration was so timely and sweet, it’s been with me this week too. This was printed in this month’s issue of The Sun, and it’s a poem by David Budbill from the collection Moment to Moment: Poems of a Mountain Recluse.
Bugs In A Bowl
Han Shan, that great and crazy, wonder-filled
Chinese poet of a thousand years ago said:
We’re just like bugs in a bowl,
All day going around
never leaving their bowl.
I say: That’s right! Every day
climbing up the steep sides,
sliding back. Over and over again.
Around and around.
Up and back down.
Sit in the bottom of the bowl,
head in your hands, cry, moan,
feel sorry for yourself.
See your fellow bugs.
Walk around. Say,
Hey, how you doing?
Say, Nice bowl!
If you’ve got a poem that has just landed in your heart and set down some roots there, share it with me in the comments. Nice bowl!
4 thoughts on “Inspiration of the Week”
My new greeting: Namaste! Nice Bowl.
Me too! We can start a club.
Love it! Definitely a better way to go. It’s a lesson that I have to relearn often.
As do we all!